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Pepper burns fat

Pepper burns fat

On television, they actively advertise miraculous remedies that supposedly burn fat.

Of course, this is a run-of-the-mill scam in which someone makes millions. But not so long ago, scientists discovered several true fat burners.

The most famous of these is capsaicin. It is he who gives the sharpness to chili and other peppers. And in humans, this substance increases thermogenesis. This is the name of the process by which our body generates heat and partially burns its own fats. The familiar sensation of warmth and heat that occurs after a spicy meal is a direct manifestation of thermogenesis.

A study was recently published in which the Japanese compared the loss of energy after breakfast. In one case, it was supplemented with capsaicin, in the other, it was a regular breakfast without any fat burners. Spicy food increased energy expenditure by 23%. They found that capsaicin actually caused changes in 20 different proteins that decreased fat synthesis and increased energy expenditure.

But capsaicin is not alone in the fight against fat. Black pepper contains piperine, and ginger contains gingerol and shogaol. These natural substances also stimulate thermogenesis. Some do it faster, others slower. But it is already clear that mixtures of spices and spices have a complex effect on the body and really affect the absorption of fats and energy consumption.

Spices are not so popular in Russia. But we recommend using them more often when cooking, and instead of a salt shaker, put a mill with pepper on the table. This is a very healthy habit – at the same time you will reduce your salt intake, an excess of which is generally not useful. In addition, when frying and cooking in the oven or on the grill, when the exposure to high temperatures is very strong, they prevent the formation of carcinogens.

Until recently, the attitude of doctors towards spices was very cautious. But now a lot has changed, spices turned out to be generally harmless for the liver. And they have nothing to do with the development of chronic gastritis, the disease is quite serious. Acute is not recommended only for cirrhosis and heart failure.

Vadim Vorkin.

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